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Lisa Vanderpump speaks to the crowd of protesters on the steps of the Chinese Embassy. Photo Credit:  DemiGoddess Chronicle

Lisa Vanderpump speaks to the crowd of protesters on the steps of the Chinese Embassy. Photo Credit: DemiGoddess Chronicle

October 4, 2015, Los Angeles- Hundreds of protesters of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, an annual celebration of the slaughter and torture of canines in Yulin, Guangxi, China, in which festival goers revel in lynching and torturing dogs and consuming their meat, took to the streets of Los Angeles, carrying signs, demonstrating their disdain against this barbaric and despicable dog meat “festival” which spans ten days in Yulin during which it is estimated that 10,000–15,000 dogs are murdered.

Restauranter Lisa Vanderpump, Filmmaker Christy Oldham and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Kyle Richards on the steps of The Chinese Embassy in Los Angeles. Photo Credit: DemiGoddess Chronicle

Restauranter Lisa Vanderpump, Filmmaker Christy Oldham and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Kyle Richards on the steps of The Chinese Embassy in Los Angeles. Photo Credit: DemiGoddess Chronicle

Leading the rally was reality television personality and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump, and her Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills cast-mates Kyle Richards and Joyce Giraud. The crowd marched from Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park to The Chinese Embassy, yelling “Dogs are our Friends” and “Stop Yulin Forever”.

Lisa Vanderpump speaks to the crowd of protesters on the steps of the Chinese Embassy. Photo Credit: DemiGoddess Chronicle

Lisa Vanderpump speaks to the crowd of protesters on the steps of the Chinese Embassy. Photo Credit: DemiGoddess Chronicle

Though consumption of dog meat does have historical precedence in China, the festival dates back only a few years to 2009 when it was launched in China’s southwest to celebrate the summer solstice.

Actress Joyce Giraud and Filmmaker Christy Oldham. Photo Credit: DemiGoddess Chronicle However, at its height during the Han Dynasty (202 – 220 AD), dog meat was considered a delicacy.

 

Dog eating soon lost favor by the Sui-Tang dynasties (581 — 907 AD), and thus dog eating had been rejected as an indecent habit. The dog meat trade is a serious threat to human health, and Chinese authorities have every reason to stand by the animal advocates. China has the world’s second highest incidence of rabies in humans. And according to China’s ministry for public health, Guangxi province, where Yulin is located, has the largest number of cases in China, while Yulin is one of China’s “top ten cities” for cases of human rabies.

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Eating dog meat of itself does not cause rabies, but the handling and slaughter of vast numbers of unvaccinated dogs exposes the traders to a high risk of rabies infection. Transporting the dogs to the festival is an intrinsically brutal operation. Dogs that will be murdered for the Yulin Festival come from as far as central and north China’s Henan and Shandong, more than 1,000 miles away. Dogs are crammed into wire cages unable to extend their limbs, denied food and water for days during the exhausting trip. The dogs arrive at their destination malnourished and underweight, dehydrated, often dying from injuries or from being poisoned during capture.

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About The Author

Christy Oldham, acclaimed independent filmmaker, published author, actress and pet entrepreneur, is of Brythonic-Celtic ancestry. She is the founder of Demi Goddess Pictures, an American film studio located in Hollywood, California and is CEO of Healthy Dogs! Pet Care service that donates a portion of its proceeds to various animal rights groups and charity’s. She has written, produced, directed and starred in numerous, award winning feature films that are in world wide distribution. Oldham’s last feature film, ‘Barracuda’ (2014), a vigilante thriller, made rounds at various film festivals, gaining her critical acclaim with 3 Best Picture awards and also screening at the Marche’ du Films at the 2014 Festival de Cannes. She is the author of 'Christy Oldham’s Manual to a Happy and Healthy Dog' and 'Finley and The Emerald Volcano : The Search for the Missing Cauldron' - both available on Amazon. Finley and The Emerald Volcano is volume one in a series of literary works in development as a movie. Additionally, she has a weekly pet column on Daily Candid News as well as a pet advice column on Petzter and is also a contributing writer for Lick Magazine, a multi media magazine for the ultimate pet lover. She resides in Los Angeles.

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